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The Legacy Story

At Legacy Sports, playing is important but it's not enough. We believe playing with purpose is the key to building the type of legacy that is long-lasting and worthwhile for all players, coaches, and fans. This can be accomplished by intentionally helping someone move from L to Y within in the LEGACY story (Little Things, Example, Glory, Awareness, Control, You) Each letter is like a chapter in the overall story...

*Coaches are expected to share the Legacy Story with their players throughout each season by focusing on one chapter/letter each week.


Chapter 1 - LITTLE THINGS
1 Corinthians 10:31 says “whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”.  This means everything is sacred; everything matters to God including how we dress, what we say, how we play, what we ate for breakfast, who wins a game, and so on. Championship teams know doing the little things allow them to rise to the top.

Chapter 2 - EXAMPLE
We are called to let our light shine and be a positive example to those around us. Someone is always watching. What kind of example are we setting as a coaches, teachers, co-workers, fathers, friends, brothers, employees, and so on? When the ultimate goal becomes winning, it’s easy to get lost in the moment and begin doing things we wouldn’t normally do. Setting a poor example becomes an acceptable means to the end. COACH 11:1 is taken from 1 Corinthians 11:1 where Paul says, "follow my example as I follow the example of Christ."

Chapter 3 - GLORY
Do you play/coach to seek fame for yourself or for God? When times are “good” we often begin to take credit for what is happening and become proud that our own hard work and cleverness have made us successful. Recognition is dangerous – it can lead to inflated pride. We must remember it is God who gives us everything and it is God who asks us to manage it for him. How much better it is to seek the praise of God rather than the praise of people. How much better it is to let God become greater while we become less.

Chapter 4 - AWARENESS
Lack of awareness by professional athletes is becoming a visible problem. Players often don’t seem to be aware of what needs to happen in specific situations (especially at the end of games). Achieving great success in sports requires athletes to understand what is going on around them as well as what is going on in their own hearts and minds.We need to pay attention to our thoughts and emotions just as much as our surroundings. 

Chapter 5 - CONTROL
One of the most important and freeing things I’ve learned about sports and competition in the last 10 years is that winning is out of my control. We are able to influence the outcome of a game but no one is truly able to control the outcome of a game. Therefore, I shouldn’t let the outcome of a game be the sole determining factor of success. Let's work on teaching our players how to control the only two things we really have control over, our attitude and effort.

Chapter 6 - YOU
To begin with, you have to make a decision on whether or not you are going to yield to God and give him authority in your life (yield to the first 5 chapters). If you decide to yield, then as As Rick Warren said in The Purpose Driven Life, "It's not about you". Teamwork is essential in sports and in life. The Bible says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interest of others." (Philippians 2:3-4) What can you to today to help someone else?

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